Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4 in U.S.

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As predicted, Apple has started selling unlocked (GSM) iPhone 4 devices in the U.S. early this morning.

If you don't want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 4 is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you'll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide.

Pricing starts at $649 for a 16GB model and $749 for 32GB model. Both White and Black models are offered.

The main advantage of buying an unlocked iPhone is for international travel, as the device is not dependent on any particular carrier. The U.S. only has one network (AT&T) which fully supports all the features of an unlocked GSM iPhone. T-Mobile is compatible with voice calls, but the 3G network is not compatible. The higher price of the iPhones reflect no-contract pricing as well as the unlocked status of the device. While the iPhone 4 had been sold unlocked in other countries, this is the first time Apple has offered them in the U.S.

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Top Rated Comments

Mr. Gates Avatar
170 months ago
Phone contracts are like abusive relationships.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EricNau Avatar
170 months ago
I wonder when (if) AT&T will offer to unlock iPhones of customers who have fulfilled their 2-year contract.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mw360 Avatar
170 months ago
Who gives a **** how much it sells for (comparatively) in other countries?

Uh... People in other countries? There are a lot of them you know.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hellomoto4 Avatar
170 months ago
So the USA is finally catching up to Australia on something! We've had unlocked phones for sale since the 3G ;)
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boss.king Avatar
170 months ago
Geez, do unlocked phones usually cost this much?

What did you expect it to cost?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
endhalf Avatar
170 months ago
Unlocked iPhone4 cost here:

16GB CHF 769.-
32GB CHF 899.-

in USD: 916.-/1'070.-

so for us swiss, this is VERY cheap...
In Czech Rep.:

16GB 16 499CZK
32GB 19 999CZK

in USD: 916/1052

Yep, very cheap... :/ USA has always everything cheap :/ And they think it is expensive... :D Try to living in Europe for a while, on average we have smaller salary AND more expensive stuff... Great combination.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)